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  • Carlos Correa SS | MIN

    Twins' Carlos Correa: Won't participate in WBC

    Correa will not play for Team Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic, Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports.

    Correa's wife is due with the couple's second child at the same time the WBC will take place, and Hayes reports the Twins don't want the shortstop to be juggling both family and the tournament. Correa re-signed with the Twins after a tumultuous offseason that saw proposed contracts with the Giants and Mets rescinded because of concerns during his physical, and he'll spend the 2023 spring training in the Grapefruit League.

  • John Means SP | BAL

    Orioles' John Means: Nearing mound work

    Means (elbow) said Sunday's he's throwing from 140 feet and expects to throw off a half-mound at the start of spring training, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports.

    The left-hander underwent Tommy John surgery last April and isn't expected to be ready for big-league action until at least July, but it's still a good sign he's ramping up his throwing program. A more detailed return timeline should come into focus as Means increases his throwing intensity over the next couple months.

  • Jordan Romano RP | TOR

    Blue Jays' Jordan Romano: Won't pitch in WBC

    Romano will not participate in the World Baseball Classic for Team Italy, Jamie Campbell of Sportsnet reports.

    Romano also was offered an opportunity to pitch for Team Canada in the tournament, but declined that chance as well. The right-handed closer had announced that he was going to be a part of the Italian team back in 2022, but he'll instead spend the start of the Grapefruit League in Toronto's camp.

  • Royals' Hunter Dozier: Will be primary 3B for KC

    Dozier will be the primary third baseman for Kansas City to open the 2023 season according to Royals general manager J.J. Picollo, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.

    "We want [Dozier] to get at-bats," Picollo said. "That's the best place for him to play." The Royals want Bobby Witt to settle in at shortstop, and while Dozier has played in the outfield as well, Kansas City wants the 31-year-old to man the hot corner to begin the 2023 season. He will have to hit better in order to justify staying in the lineup, however, as he hasn't posted an OPS above .750 since his breakout 2019 season.

  • Nick Vespi RP | BAL

    Orioles' Nick Vespi: Looking good for Opening Day

    Vespi (abdomen) expects to be ready for Opening Day, Andy Kostka of The Baltimore Sun reports.

    Vespi underwent sports hernia surgery in early January, and he appears to be progressing well. Recovery from the procedure will prevent him from pitching for Italy in the World Baseball Classic, but he doesn't expect to be limited beyond that.

  • J.B. Bukauskas RP | SEA

    Mariners' J.B. Bukauskas: Outrighted to Triple-A

    Bukauskas cleared waivers and was sent outright to Triple-A Tacoma on Friday.

    After being claimed by the Mariners in mid-January and DFA'd Tuesday, Bukauskas is now set to begin 2023 in the Mariners' farm system and attend major-league spring training as a non-roster invitee. The 26-year-old right-hander recorded a 2.79 ERA and 1.31 WHIP through 19.1 Triple-A innings last season.

  • Aaron Sanchez SP | MIN

    Twins' Aaron Sanchez: Re-signs with MIN

    Sanchez re-signed with the Twins on a minor-league contract Jan. 30.

    Sanchez ended the 2022 season with the Twins. The right-hander posted a disappointing .660 ERA in 15 appearances -- 10 starts -- over 60 innings with Minnesota and the Nationals. Once one of the more promising young arms in baseball, Sanchez now will have to pitch well in the Grapefruit League if he has any chance of making the Twins' Opening Day roster.

  • Ian Hamilton RP | CLE

    Yankees' Ian Hamilton: Agrees to minor-league deal

    Hamilton signed a minor-league contract with the Yankees on Friday.

    Hamilton elected free agency after being outrighted off the Guardians' 40-man roster at the end of the season. The right-hander also pitched in the Twins' organization in 2022 and forged a 3.61 ERA over 38 appearances with Triple-A St. Paul and Columbus with a 60:19 K:BB. He'll need to be added to the 40-man roster in order to make any appearances with the Yankees in 2023.

  • Jason Bilous SP | CHW

    White Sox's Jason Bilous: Designated for assignment

    Bilous was designated for assignment by the White Sox on Friday.

    A spot needed to be cleared to make room for the addition of Franklin German. Bilous, 25, posted a 6.30 ERA and 131:79 K:BB over 105.2 innings between Double-A Binghamton and Triple-A Charlotte last season. He's always missed bats, but his struggles on the whole mean he'll probably clear waivers.

  • White Sox's Franklin German: Traded to ChiSox

    German was traded to the White Sox from the Red Sox on Friday in exchange for Theo Denlinger.

    After being designated for assignment Monday to make room on Boston's roster for Richard Bleier, German will now attempt to carve out a role for himself in Chicago's bullpen. The 25-year-old righty cracked the majors for the first time last season, though he allowed eight earned runs over just four innings of work. German will more than likely begin the season in Triple-A again, where he put up a 2.58 ERA and 0.94 WHIP through 38.1 frames in 2022.

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